Pete Townshend

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Pete Townshend

Townshend in 2012
Background information
Birth name Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend
Also known as Bijou Drains
Born 19 May 1945 (1945-05-19) (age 70)
Chiswick, London, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, power pop, progressive rock, British beat, jazz
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, musical arranger, author
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards
Years active 1962–present
Labels Track, Polydor, Atlantic, Atco, Decca, Rykodisc, Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Who, Deep End, Ronnie Lane, Thunderclap Newman
Website The Who's official webpage
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 330
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson SG Special
Gibson Les Paul
Gretsch 6120
Gibson J-200
ARP 2600
Synclavier

Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock musician, songwriter and author best known as the founder of the band The Who.

Beginning in 1961, he studied graphic design at Ealing Art College. At Ealing, Townshend studied with future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and future Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who and has written over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums including the rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia" and the popular rock radio staple "Who's Next." Although known mainly as a guitarist he is also an accomplished singer and keyboard player and has played many other instruments including: banjo, accordion, bass guitar and drums.

Townshend has also written many newspaper and magazine articles, books, book reviews, essays and scripts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of best guitarists in "The New Book of Rock Lists" and #50 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Townshend in 2007 at the Who concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.